Witchblade Animated (2003)
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Publisher: Top Cow Productions (Image Comics Inc.)
Publication Date: August 2003
Country: United States
Here they are, Witchblade, Darkness, and Magdalena, together again for the very first time. This time, however, their adventures occur in an ďanimatedĒ-style universe.
The story suffers from an identity crisis. For whom is this intended? It looks like a kidsí comic, but is that the target audience? For starters, itís a little too violent. Nobody gets killed in Archie. Even comics such as Justice League Adventures donít usually start with murders and contain exposition on medieval torture. This comic book, however, does.
Additionally, itís cynical and irreverent when it comes to religion. It doesnít have to be a Christian comic book, but, if itís aimed at kids, it should at least be respectful. And havenít we seen enough evil priests already? Itís become a clichť on a par with ďthe butler did it.Ē
If itís not appropriate for kids, then it must be for adults. If so, then itís like umpteen other stories we have already read in Magdalena, Warrior Nun Areala, Vampirella, and elsewhere.
The comic book would probably be best appreciated by regular Witchblade fans who may be enchanted by the novelty of the ďanimatedĒ art and by teens who havenít read the same plot those umpteen other times. Itís not clear whether itís truly aimed at younger children, but there is material in it that parents might find objectionable.
ó Jack Abramowitz
Number of issues cataloged: 4